Feel free to attend one of the following upcoming meetings to learn more about this Settlement:
Friday, November 8, 2019 in Andover from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Collins Center, Andover High School, 100 Shawsheen Road, Andover, MA 01810
Saturday, November 9, 2019 in Lawrence from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Greater Lawrence Vocational Technical High School, 57 River Road, Andover, MA 01810
Saturday, November 9, 2019 in North Andover from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the North Andover Middle School, 495 Main St, North Andover, MA 01845
If you lived, owned property or owned a business in Lawrence, Andover or North Andover on September 13, 2018, you could receive payment from a Class Action Settlement.
A number of residents, property owners and businesses – the “Plaintiffs” – in Lawrence, Andover and North Andover (the “Class Area”) sued, among others, NiSource, Inc. and Bay State Gas Co. d/b/a Columbia Gas of Massachusetts (collectively “Columbia Gas”) for losses they suffered from the natural gas over-pressurization event of September 13, 2018 (the “Incident”). Plaintiffs and Columbia Gas have reached a Class Action Settlement (the “Settlement”).
The Settlement creates a $143 million Settlement Fund. After Court-approved costs and fees, including attorneys’ fees, the remainder of the Settlement Fund will be used to compensate people and businesses covered by the Settlement, called “Class Members.”
You are a Class Member if you lived, owned property or owned a business in the Class Area on September 13, 2018. As a Class Member, you may be entitled to compensation from the Settlement Fund. The terms of the Settlement are described more fully on this website.
Your legal rights are affected whether you act or not. Please read this website carefully.
Your Legal Rights and Options in this Settlement
File a Claim for Payment by January 9, 2020
Filing the Claim Form available on this website will allow you to receive money under the Settlement if it is approved by the Court.
Object to the Settlement by December 10, 2019
If you do not think the Settlement is fair you may write to the Settlement Administrator to Object.
Get no payment, give up rights. If you do nothing, you will be bound by the terms of the Settlement, but will not receive any payment from the Settlement.
These rights and options—and the deadlines to exercise them—are explained on this website.
The Court in charge of this case still has to decide whether to approve the Settlement. Payments will be made if the Court approves the Settlement and after appeals are resolved. Please be patient.
If you are looking for assistance with completing or filing a Claim Form, there is a Claims Facility set up to assist you. The Claims Facility is located at:
300 Brickstone Square
Andover, MA 01810
The Claims Facility is now open. General hours of operation are Monday through Thursday 9 a.m. Eastern Time to 5 p.m. Eastern Time, and Fridays from 9 a.m. Eastern Time to 2 p.m. Eastern Time. Please call 1-833-927-0819 to schedule an appointment. Walk-ins are welcome but are subject to extended wait times.
In preparation for your arrival at the Claims Facility please bring documentation for proof of residence such as a gas bill, electric bill, other utility bill, or any other documentation such as a lease agreement, credit card statement, bank statements for the month of September 2018. If you plan on filing an itemized claim please bring supporting documentation such as invoices/bills for repair work, canceled checks/credit card statements showing payments for repairs, receipts for purchases prompted by the evacuation or displacement, medical invoices, etc. If you do not bring the supporting documents the Settlement Administrator will not be able to assist you with filing your claim.
You can also contact the Settlement Administrator at 1.833.927.0819, or in writing at Columbia Gas Settlement, c/o Settlement Administrator, PO Box 58729, Philadelphia, PA 19102-8729.
This website is authorized by the Court, supervised by counsel and controlled by the Settlement Administrator approved by the Court. This is the only authorized website for this case.